Denim on Denim OOTD

If you all saw my last post, I decided to revamp this old denim jacket that was laying around. I added fleece along the inside and the collar to give a nice sherpa lined look. I never rocked the denim on denim look but I thought what the heck, ya only live once amirite’.

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Going into the city always gives me a reason to really experiment with some new looks. I rocked my denim jacket with other thirfted goodies like my mom jeans I mentioned in my Goodwill Thrift Haul. It was also an excuse for me to wear my new heather gray beanie I scored at Target that was on clearance for $2.49. The only thing that sucks about light colored beanies is having my make-up smudged on the rim it. I love me a good ol’ striped shirt and this sweater I wore added an additional layer for warmth.

With this look, I couldn’t help but feel like a baws! I want to experiment with more looks and hopefully, some more D.I.Y’s  in the future as well.

I hope you found this somewhat inspirational! I’ll speak with you all soon!

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D.I.Y Revamped Denim Jacket

I’ve always loved the look of sherpa lined denim jackets but the cost always prevented me from actually ever purchasing one. A couple of weeks ago I went into Anthropology and I was immediately attracted to this Levi’s Jacket, but of course it cost around $150 and I sucked my teeth and put it back on the rack. So I thought to myself, I can totally make something similar at home for a fraction of the cost.  I went down to my local fabric store in Jackson Heights and purchased a yard of this off-white fleece for $6 and I revamped my old denim jacket.

I thrifted this jacket back in 2012 for around $5 and I was so excited. I wore it almost every single day my freshmen year in college. However, as you can see, the collar of the jacket is all wonky. Which is one of the main reasons why I’ve stopped gravitating towards it. It’s a real shame because the back has a really awesome embroidered design. But let’s get into how I flipped this old jacket.

The materials that you need are the following:

A denim jacket

A yard of fleece with a similar sherpa texture

A pair of scissors

A pencil and a pen

A ruler

A needle or a sewing machine

A spool of thread that matches the thread on the jacket

A roll of craft paper

Let’s Get Started!

First, we need to create a pattern using the jacket. I laid it down on some scrap craft paper and traced the outline of the collar, the back and the front panels of the jacket. You can use old Christmas wrapping paper too if you don’t have any craft paper. For the collar, I made sure to add half and inch all around the collar because I wanted to fold the edge in to make a cleaner line. The inside of the jacket I made the pattern without any seam allowance since it’s on the inside and the edges don’t need to be super clean.

After you double check that the pattern fits you trace the pattern onto the fleece and cut everything out. I start off by sewing down the front pieces first. You can do this with a machine, which is a lot faster. I personally didn’t want to have different lines across my jackets so I sewed everything by hand. I blind stitched all the way around that way you won’t be able to see any stitches from the front. After the front was all sewn down I pinned and sewed on the back piece.

With the collar, I was very patient and took the most time to sew it on. The thread would have to go through to the underside of the collar so I made sure that I lined up each stitch with a pre-existing stitch on the collar.

Overall this project took me around 5 hours to finish from start to finish. This was mainly due to the fact that I did everything by hand.

I hope this inspired you to revamp any of your old denim jackets! They deserve a second chance. Keep an eye out for a future OOTD featuring this jacket. Speak with you all soon!

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Fishnets OOTD

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that fishnets are making a comeback. Also, my friend Krissy inspired me to give this trend a try from her outfit here over on her blog. However, I probably choose the worst day to do so. It was Chinese New Year and it was around 38 degrees… 38 DEGREES! The wind chill didn’t help much either. But I was determined.  dsc_0057

For my top, I wore a cream knit turtleneck under a maroon corduroy overall dress. I thrifted this cream turtleneck from the Salvation Amry a while back for around $3. For the dress, I secretly borrowed this from my sister’s closet. If I remember correctly, I believed she got it on clearance at Target for around $15.

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For my shoes, I, of course, wore my beloved Docs and to create a slimming effect I decided to wear some high black socks just half way on my calfs to go over the fishnets.

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I topped everything off with this beautiful wool coat that I scored at the Goodwill on Union Square for only $17! Talk about a deal! Also, if you look really closely it has little squares of color all over the coat. I think this coat is probably my best find so far of 2017.

During the colder season you want to stay warm but also want to look cute. I definitely chose the latter and sacrificed my own comfort. But in the name of fashion, I will persevere!

I hope you enjoyed my little OOTD and it inspired you to give fishnets a try! We’ll see you soon!

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New York City Winter OOTD

It has been getting cold out here in NYC, but you do not have to sacrifice your style for function. Here is my OOTD from this past weekend!

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In this outfit, I wore my current FAVORITE gray turtleneck that I thrifted a while back along with this dark plum colored trenchcoat. Wearing a turtleneck can also replace the need for a scarf so you can stay cozy and stylish!

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I have been seeing longer coats during this winter season so I wanted to find something different and it just so happened that this trench coat was on sale for 50% at the thrift store! It only cost me $10 for this beauty.

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The jeans are my Ralph Lauren mom jeans from my Goodwill Outlet haul from my previous post. Check it out over here if you want to see the other gems I found that day! And last but not least the shoes are my Doc Martins I purchased back in November. My entire outfit only cost me around $20 but my shoes were $130 haha. They were an investment that I was willing to make.

Here is a link to the shoes:

Emmeline Arcadia

I hope you enjoyed my OOTD and inspired you to hit your local thrift store this week! See you soon!

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Goodwill Outlet Thrift Haul

This past weekend I went to the Goodwill Outlet with my friend Krissy and we came back with awesome finds! In total, I spent only $15.21 for 9 items, so everything averages out to $1.69 per item! For those who may not be familiar with a Goodwill Outlet, it is basically a warehouse where all the unsold items from all the Goodwill stores go. They sell everything by weight, unlike the store that sells items based on the brand/condition etc. So without further ado, let’s dive right in.

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From left to right: Lands End Plaid Flannel Size (L), Banana Republic Crop Sweater Size (XS), J.Crew Chambray Tunic Size (XS)

For the Lands End flannel, I am actually going to give it to my boyfriend who has been on the lookout for some nice flannels. I am absolutely in love with the black crop top from the Banana Republic. It is so trendy and I can’t wait to style it with all my high waisted pants! The tunic, however, it a tad bit tight on me so I might be handed that one to my sister.

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From left to right: Banana Republic Jeans Size (26P), New York and Company Highwaisted Shorts Size 6, Ralph Lauren High waisted Mom Jeans Size (2P)

For the bottoms, these Ralph Lauren Mom Jeans are such a steal!! I can’t believe I found such a gem, and they fit me like a glove. Whenever I do find high waisted jeans I always have to alter them in some way (e.g, slim down the legs or crop the length), but not these bad boys! I’ve already worn them three times since getting them, so you know I’m going to beat these up. The Banana Republic jeans also fit super snug! I haven’t worn bootcut pants in a while, but if the occasion arises, they will come in handy. I know summer has passed, but that just means I’ll have these New York and Company high waisted shorts ready for summer 2017!

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From left to right: J.Crew Piolet Jacket Size (0), Mango Suit Blazer Size (XS), Mink Cardigan Size (M)

For outerwear, I have been meaning to get a more fitted blazer since most of my blazers are rather oversized, so I am super excited for this navy Mango blazer. Also, this J.Crew Jacket is amazing and in such good condition! Again, just like my blazers, a majority of my jackets are also oversized, so having this fitted jacket will come in handy for the times I want a more polished look. The Mink cardigan is super soft and I love the salt and pepper knit.

That wraps up my Goodwill Thrift Haul! I hope to post more of my thrift hauls in the future.

Style by Sis hopes you found this helpful and good luck to those heading into their Final Exams Week!

Back to School Style Swap Pt.II

In seventh grade, the cool trend was wearing plaid pajama pants tucked into a pair of Uggs. I attempted to leave the house one morning dressed like that and was sent back upstairs by my mother.  

“Why do you have to wear PJs to school just because everyone else does? You can plan a better outfit than that,” she reasoned as I grumbled under my breath. She had a point. Why was I compromising my individuality to wear something I didn’t even think was cute?

Following that mentality, I’ve always dressed up for school. Even when my peers commented on my fashion forward questionable style choices, I ignored the criticism. College was no different. People may have judged me for not committing to the unspoken ‘rolled-out-of-bed-to-make-it-to-this-8AM-lecture’ dress code. But the only person who cared the most about what I was wearing was me. Check out what I’d wear if I was heading back to school, as modeled by my dear friend Stef 🙂

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Outfit #1: The Reformed Hillbilly

I understand why people wear sweatpants to class. Sweatpants are cozy, and you can take a nap in them after class. I put Stef in overalls because they are just as roomy as a pair of sweats, but with an added level of cool.

TIP #1: What separates this outfit from a day-in-the-field to a day-on-campus is the light white button-up underneath. A white button-up is a staple piece, especially in post-grad life when you’re transitioning from casual to work wear.   

TIP #2: Opt for a shoulder bag instead of a backpack. It can help you look more mature.

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Outfit #2:

As a self-proclaimed girly-girl, wearing sneakers outside of the gym has always been a challenge for me. Lately, I’ve been finding new ways to style my sneakerhead habit.    

TIP #3: If you want your shoes to be the sole focus (heh) of your outfit, wear them with ankle length bottoms in order to draw more attention.

TIP #2: Sneakers naturally convey a sporty vibe, which people often try to combat with blazers and dresses. With this outfit, I’ve embraced it and paired the shoes with a varsity bomber. The black satin material makes it different from your typical jock jacket. 

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These boots were made for walking. This is a nice outfit for a night out with your girls.

TIP #5: Rocking thigh high boots is all about proportions.  A loose top balances the form fitting boots. Shorts ensure that the boots don’t cut off your legs at an awkward place.

TIP #2: WERK IT. Own the fact you look like a cross between a gogo dancer and Violet from The Incredibles. Confidence is key and ya look good.

This concludes our style swap for some back to school looks! Style By Sis hopes you found these tips helpful! Stay tuned for more fashion and beauty posts.

We are heading to Generation Beauty NYC this weekend so let us know what kinds of content you would like to see!

Back to School Style Swap

Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school for most of us. We decided to do things a bit differently and styled three outfits for back to school but with a twist! I style swapped three outfits for our friend Krissy and vice versa, so let’s get straight to it!

For this outfit, I decided to go with the Canadian uniform – all denim everything. I chose a loose-fitting chambray button-up paired with my thrifted Levi’s Boyfriend jeans. For accessories, I added a big ol’ backpack to cram your textbooks and laptop in. Lastly and most importantly, I paired some comfy Adidas sneakers to fit any busy schedule. This is a quick and easy outfit that is functional and cute.

Tip#1: I choose three different shades of denim to refrain from being tacky. The chambray top is much lighter in color than the jeans and the backpack is made from reverse denim.

For the second outfit, I decided to style Krissy in a more form-fitting outfit. The top has a great ribbed detail and the color complements these black high-waisted jeans.

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I decided to pop on a cute choker to really tie the whole look together. You can always make the outfit more casual by adding your favorite baseball cap. And of course, some comfy sneakers.

For the last outfit, paired this sleeveless denim top with a pair of black linen pants. Since it’s still warm in NYC, I finished the look with these open toe flats. The front toe is a nice caramel brown while the back heel is made of black leather. The two-tone flats make for a more interesting look.

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Tip#2: Try adding a funky accessory or item to any plain outfits to make them more unique. For this outfit I thought the shoes were quite and a nice addition.

Check out some similar items I’ve paired for these outfits over here!

Outfit #1

Top: J. Crew Chambray Button-up
Jeans: Levi’s Cuffed Boyfriend Jeans
Shoes: Adidas NEO Baseline Sneakers
Bag: Everlane Modern Snap Backpack

Outfit #2

Jeans: Topshop MOTO High-waisted Black Skinny Jeans
Bag: Rafura Black Leather Backpack
Hat: Urban Outfitters Basic Baseball Cap

Outfit #3

Top:Nordstrom Rack Sleeveless Denim Button Up
Pants:ASOS Slim Black Linen Pants
Shoes: J. Crew 2 Tone Peep Toe Flats

That sums it up for my portion of our style swap. Stay tuned to see how Krissy styled me in for three more back to school looks. Style By Sis hopes you found this blog post useful! Good luck!

August ipsy Review

What are my favorites in the August ipsy makeup bag?

FYI: Ipsy is a monthly makeup bag subscription.

This month, I received NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam, IT Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave-In Treatment, Dermelect ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Unscripted, Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer in Sunkissed, and Lory & Berry Maxi matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy.

My favorite three items this month are the following:

NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam

NYX Professional Maekup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator Ipsy August 2016

This is a great highlighter. I like the color and how it looks on my skin. The product is pigmented and easy to apply. I like wearing this when I go to work or when I go out at night. This is versatile product and I recommend it for daily use.

It Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave-in Treatment

This is a fantastic product! I use a pea-size amount and distribute it evenly into damp hair. My hair feels and smells amazing afterward. According to the label, the product claims the following:

  1. Repairs dry, damaged hair
  2. Protects from split ends & breakage
  3. Shiny & healthy hair
  4. Transforms frizz to silk
  5. Maximum heat protection
  6. Seals and protects hair
  7. Removes tangles
  8. Restores natural body
  9. Abyssinian Oil for shiny hair
  10. Fuses silk amino acids
  11. Protects your color
  12. Transforms brittle hair

For background information about my hair, the tips are colored and were previously bleached. Therefore, I occasionally experience split ends and dryness. But overall, my strands are typically non-frizzy, straight, and thick. This product helped my hair feel smoother, silkier, and more healthy-looking.

This sample is also huge and can last several months!

Lory & Berry Maxi matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy

Lord and Berry Ipsy August 2016

I love wearing lipstick, lip stains, lip balms, lip crayons, etc. I wear lip color almost every day. My daily makeup routine is plain, so I like wearing colorful lips to make my face look brighter. When applied, the lip color resembles the natural color of my lips, except enhanced. The lip crayon has a matte finish and the color is not long-lasting like it is claimed. Overall, the color pigmentation is impressive and the lip crayon is good for everyday wear.

The other  two products in the bag were the following:
Dermelect ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Unscripted

Dermelect Nail Laquer Ipsy August 2016

This is nail polish is a beautiful shade. I  like the polish, but it’s not my favorite this month.

Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer in Sunkissed

Pacifica Bronzer Ipsy August 2016

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of bronzer, but this is a pretty shade. I would probably give this to my sister, who likes wearing bronzer more.

Ultimately, I really liked this month’s makeup bag and was certainly one of the best bags I’ve received so far. I can’t wait for next month. Style By Sis hopes you found this review helpful. Good luck on your makeup journey!

Disclaimer. This review was not sponsored by ipsy or any of the products.

High-­Waisted

High-­waisted shorts for the hot summer heat!

I don’t know about you, but the moment high­-waisted bottoms came back as a fashion trend, I’ve gotten on board and haven’t gotten off since.

A majority of my bottoms, which ranges from shorts, skirts, jeans to trousers, are most likely high­-waisted. For this outfit, in particular, I paired my favorite loose high­-waisted shorts with my pink and white pinstripe button-up. I tucked in the bottom of my shirt for a more polished look. The sleeves on the button-up are pinned back with a strap so they  aren’t constricting like a formal button-­up. The length of the sleeves eliminates the need  for a cardigan (in the case of extremely air­ conditioned places like the MTA trains or restaurants). I  find that adding a button­-up with these denim shorts make it more casual and preppy.

Adding to the preppy vibes, I wore my mini brown leather backpack and brown loafers. Honestly, the only thing missing from this outfit to make it look like I came back from the country club is a knit sweater wrapped around my neck, but ain’t nobody got time for that!

Tip #1: When wearing anything high-­waisted, it can accentuate your waistline. So I suggest pairing your bottoms with a crop top or tuck in any normal shirt you have.

Tip#2: If I ever learned anything from my eighth­-grade earth science teacher, it was to make sure your belt and shoes matched (we learned about rocks and topography of course, but this  was more important). Instead of a belt, I made sure all my accessories matched. As you can see  my backpack and loafers are similar shades of brown. By adding similar shades of leather they  work cohesively together, rather than against each other (unless that’s what you want).

Tip #3: When shopping, look for a more versatile piece. For me, I can also see myself wearing  the same button-­up to a day at the office. Just throw on a pair of black trouser pants, switch out  brown loafers for a pair of black pumps or ballet flats, and boom another outfit.

Here are some suggestions for your look:

Button­up:  J. Crew Button­up

Shorts:  Urban Outfitters Tommy Shorts

Loafers:  G.H Bass Loafers
The link to the loafers is the exact pair I wore!

Backpack:  Patricia Nash Backpack

Style By Sis hopes you found this blog post useful! Good luck on your high-waisted outfit!

Flower Power

An effortless flirty look.

DSC_0335On weekends, I like to dress more feminine and flirty with floral prints. I would wear this look to an afternoon date, to brunch with girlfriends, or to go to class.  In this look, I’m wearing a floral print dress. It is a thin strap mini dress that has an A-line silhouette. The bright pink and red flowers contrast with the white fabric. My favorite part about this dress is the A-line skirt. It gives my figure a girly, feminine silhouette and compliments any figure.

TIP#1: If you are looking for a bold look, find a dress with big flowers. If you are looking for a subtle look, find a print with smaller flowers. From a distance, the flowers will look like polka dots.

Paired with the dress, I threw on an off-white knit cardigan. The cardigan keeps me warm in extremely cold air conditioned MTA trains, but I can always take it off when I walk around outside.

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On the bottom, I wore a pair of camel colored Mary Jane pumps. I decided to go for my Mary Jane pumps to tie in the flirty, girly, and effortless look. These pair of pumps have a low heel so I can practically run in these. You can always wear higher heels if you want a more formal look. And lastly, I paired my outfit with gold accessories.

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Here are some suggestions for your look:

Link for dress: Lulu’s Day and Foliage Blue and Ivory Floral Print Dress

Link for cardigan: Banana Republic’s Extra-Fine Merino Wool Boyfriend Cardigan

Link for shoes: JCPenny’s Journee Collection Jamie Mary Jane Pumps

Whenever you want to look flirty and feminine, don’t shy away from floral prints. Style By Sis hopes you found this article to be helpful. Good luck!